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Office: 
Room 237, 
Sino Building
Phone: 
(852) 3943 9673
Email: 

LAU Ngar Cheung Gabriel 刘雅章

Professor (by Courtesy) of the Earth System Science Programme
AXA Professor of Geography and Resource Management
 
Education:
  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 1978
  • B. Sc., Physics, United College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1974
 
Academic Employments:
  • 1974 – 1978: Research Assistant, University of Washington/National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • 1978 – 1984: Research Scientist, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program, Princeton University
  • 1984 – 2013: Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Research Group Leader, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • 1995 – present: Lecturer in Geosciences and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences with rank of Professor, Princeton University
  • 2013 – present:
    • AXA Professor of Geography and Resource Management
    • Director, Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
 
Research Fields and Current Research Interests:
  • Diagnosis of atmospheric circulation system
  • Large-scale air-sea interaction
  • Regional phenomena related to climate change
 
Honours and Awards:
  • 1974: Run Run Shaw Postgraduate Scholarship, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 1990: American Meteorological Society, Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, for “Outstanding Studies of Low-frequency Variability in the Atmosphere by a Synthesis of Modeling and Diagnostics”
  • 1991: American Meteorological Society - Fellow
  • 1991: Unusually Outstanding Performance Award, U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA
  • 1993: C.N. Yang Visiting Fellow, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2003: Hong Kong Observatory 120th Anniversary Distinguished Meteorologist
  • 2009: Guest Professor, Peking University
  • 2010: Wei Lun Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Listed in "American Men and Women of Science"; "Who's Who Among Asian Americans"; “Most Admired Men and Women of the Year" (1994 – 1995); “Dictionary of International Biography” Twenty-seventh Edition; “Who’s Who in America Science and Engineering” Fifth Edition; “Outstanding People of the 20th Century” Second Edition; “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century”; “2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century”; “Who’s Who in America” Fifty-fifth Edition; “Who’s Who in the 21st Century”
 
Professional Activities:
  • 1996 – present: Scientific Advisor to Director of the Hong Kong Observatory
  • 2000: Guest Lecturer, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • 2001 – 2005: Advisory Academic Committee, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2004: Vice Chairman, International Committee, WMO Third International Workshop on Monsoon, Hangzhou, China
  • 2005: External Reviewer, Faculty Search, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University
  • 2006: International Science Program Committee, International Symposium on the Winter Monsoon Experiment-A Quarter Century and Beyond, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2007 – present: Co-Chair, Expert Term on Climate Impacts on Monsoon Weather, WMO World Weather Research Program
  • 2007: Contributor Author, Fourth Assessment Report of WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • 2009: Assessment Committee, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University
  • 2009 – present: Scientific Advisory Committee, Beijing Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration
  • 2010 – 2013: Lead Author, Fifth Assessment Report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • 2010 – present: Advisory Committee, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • 2010: Visiting Committee, Geoinformation and Earth Sciences Program, Chinese University of Hong Kong
 
Editorships:
  • 1988 – 2002: Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, Elsevier
  • 1992: Proceedings of Second International Conference on East Asia and Western Pacific Meteorology and Climate, Hong Kong
  • 1996 – 1999: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, American Meteorological Society
  • 1999 – present: Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 1999 – present: World Scientific Series on Meteorology of East Asia
 
Teaching:
Current
  • GRMD5100 Advanced Geographical Methodology
  • GRMD3404 Natural Hazards and Human Responses
Past
Princeton University
  • Introduction to Terrestrial Atmosphere
  • Weather and Climate Dynamics
 
College Affiliation in CUHK:
  • United College
 
Books:
  • Chang, C-P, Y Ding, Ngar-Cheung Lau, R H Johnson, B Wang, and T Yasunari, April 2011: The Global Monsoon System: Research and Forecast, 2nd Edition, Singapore: World Scientific, 594pp.
  • Lau, Ngar-Cheung, February 2011: Contributions of observational studies to the evaluation and diagnosis of atmospheric GCM simulations In The Development of Atmospheric General Circulation Models: Complexity, Synthesis and Computation, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 117-147.
 
Selected Recent Publications:
  1. Kosaka, Y, S Xie, Ngar-Cheung Lau, and Gabriel A Vecchi, May 2013: Origin of seasonal predictability for summer climate over the Northwestern Pacific. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(19), DOI:10.1073/pnas.1215582110.
  2. Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Jeff J Ploshay, in press: Model projections of the changes in atmospheric circulation and surface climate over North America, North Atlantic and Europe in the 21st century. Journal of Climate. DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00151.1.
  3. Li, Y, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, July 2013: Influences of ENSO on Stratospheric Variability, and the Descent of Stratospheric Perturbations into the Lower Troposphere. Journal of Climate, 26(13), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00581.1.
  4. Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Mary Jo Nath, February 2012: A model study of the air-sea interaction associated with the climatological aspects and interannual variability of the South Asian summer monsoon development. Journal of Climate, 25(3), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00035.1.
  5. Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Mary Jo Nath, July 2012: A Model Study of Heat Waves over North America: Meteorological Aspects and Projections for the 21st Century. Journal of Climate, 25(14), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00575.1.
  6. Li, Y, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, January 2012: Impact of ENSO on the atmospheric variability over the North Atlantic in late winter – Role of transient eddies. Journal of Climate, 25(1), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00037.1.
  7. Li, Y, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, July 2012: Contributions of Downstream Eddy Development to the Teleconnection between ENSO and the Atmospheric Circulation over the North Atlantic. Journal of Climate, 25(14), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00377.1.
  8. Lau, Ngar-Cheung, April 2011: Simulation of synoptic and sub-synoptic scale phenomena associated with the East Asian Monsoon using a high-resolution GCM In The Global Monsoon System: Research and Forecast, 2nd Edition, Singapore, World Scientific, 493-508.
  9. Manabe, Syukuro, Jeff J Ploshay, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, August 2011: Seasonal variation of surface temperature change during the last several decades. Journal of Climate, 24(15), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00129.1.
  10. Ploshay, Jeff J., and Ngar-Cheung Lau, September 2010: Simulation of the diurnal cycle in tropical rainfall and circulation during Boreal summer with a high-resolution GCM. Monthly Weather Review, 138(9), DOI:10.1175/2010MWR3291.1.
  11. Kucharski, F, Ngar-Cheung Lau, and Mary Jo Nath, et al., October 2009: The CLIVAR C20C project: skill of simulating Indian monsoon rainfall on interannual to decadal timescales. Does GHG forcing play a role? Climate Dynamics, 33(5), DOI:10.1007/s00382-008-0462-y.
  12. Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Mary Jo Nath, September 2009: A model investigation of the role of air-sea interaction in the climatological evolution and ENSO-related variability of the summer monsoon over the South China Sea and western North Pacific. Journal of Climate, 22(18), DOI:10.1175/2009JCLI2758.1.
  13. Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Jeff J Ploshay, February 2009: Simulation of synoptic- and subsynoptic-scale phenomena associated with the East Asian summer monsoon using a high-resolution GCM. Monthly Weather Review, 137(1), DOI:10.1175/2008MWR2511.1.
 
Review Article:
  • Chang, C-P, Ngar-Cheung Lau, R H Johnson, and M Jiao, March 2011: Bridging Weather and Climate in Research and Forecasts of the Global Monsoon System. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92(3), DOI:10.1175/2010BAMS2984.1.